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posted by janrinok on Thursday January 13 2022, @12:53PM   Printer-friendly
from the delegate++ dept.

Moxie Marlinspike leaves encrypted-messaging app Signal:

Moxie Marlinspike, the co-founder and chief executive of encrypted-messaging app Signal, has resigned.

He blogged it was a "good time to replace myself as CEO" after working on Signal for over a decade.

Signal recently enabled crypto-currency payments within the app, which has concerned some users. Mr Marlinspike remains a board member of the Signal Foundation, while the board's executive chair, Brian Acton, becomes interim chief executive.

[...] Mr Marlinspike - whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld - blogged he had always hoped to reach a point where Signal could "grow and sustain" beyond his involvement.

"I was writing all the Android code, was writing all of the server code, was the only person on call for the service, was facilitating all product development, and was managing everyone," he wrote. "I couldn't ever leave cell service, had to take my laptop with me everywhere in case of emergencies, and occasionally found myself sitting alone on the sidewalk in the rain late at night trying to diagnose a service degradation."

More than 40 million people now use Signal.


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  • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday January 14 2022, @01:40AM (9 children)

    by tangomargarine (667) on Friday January 14 2022, @01:40AM (#1212565)

    [Moxie] Marlinspike - whose real name is Matthew Rosenfeld

    Oh whew, here I was thinking that he must have hippy parents or he legally changed his name or something, because nobody *really* has a name that ridiculous.

    Unfortunately the Wikipedia article makes no mention of how he got this name, or how he's convinced people to call him that. Is this just like an online handle, or what?

    oh geez, look at this guy [moneyinc.com]

    10 Things You Didn’t Know about Moxie Marlinspike [moneyinc.com]

    Moxie Marlinspike is a cryptographer as well as an entrepreneur. He is known for a number of things in his chosen field. For example, Marlinspike is the creator of Signal, which is an encrypted instant messaging service. Similarly, he is a co-author of the encryption used by Signal plus Skype, Whatsapp, and Facebook Messenger.

    1. Interested Individuals Might Know Him Better Under a Different Name
    Some interested individuals might know Marlinspike better under a different name. After all, Marlinspike isn’t Marlinspike’s birth name. Instead, that would be Matthew Rosenfeld.

    2. Came from Georgia
    Marlinspike has a strong interest in...

    Damn you, you can't just tease that and leave me hanging! "That's not his real name. Moving on--"

    I can't just start calling myself Carlos Spicyweiner or Eccentrica Gallumbits one day and somehow everybody will indulge me. Or maybe they will? Trans is a thing now, after all.

    --
    "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
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  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @03:51AM (4 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @03:51AM (#1212599)

    "Trans is a thing now, after all."

    Ackshually, been a thing since forever like homosexuality, only recently has some of society accepted this reality. Of course your "acceptance" is surrounded by ridiculous examples thus making light of others' troubles. So turns out you're just another asshole that probably gets a chuckle out of identifying as an Apache Attack Helicopter.

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday January 14 2022, @06:53AM (2 children)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday January 14 2022, @06:53AM (#1212629)

      Of course your "acceptance" is surrounded by ridiculous examples

      Really? Pray tell, which examples did I give?

      So turns out you're just another asshole that probably gets a chuckle out of identifying as an Apache Attack Helicopter.

      When it's literally 1% of the population and people are hellbent on making it "normal", sure.

      normal, n.: conforming to a standard; usual, typical, or expected.

      When 99% of the population is non-trans, I don't expect J Random Person I run into on the street to be trans. But of course calling them "not normal" means "I hate them and I'm a transphobe!"*

      At what point did "not normal" come to mean "therefore I hate you"? Statistically, almost everybody is "not-normal" in one way or another.

      *Hijacking -phobe to mean "someone who expresses any of a range of negative emotions towards" instead of "has an irrational hatred towards" is also stupid. As if the only reason you could have an objection to something is because you have an irrational hatred towards it? Does hating the Nazis make me a "Naziphobe"?

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      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @05:46PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @05:46PM (#1212711)

        I suggest you learn more about words before you attempt to reengage the argument. Given your protestations we have downgraded you from hater to unwitting fool. You may not actively hate trans folk but your jokes and irritation at their demand for rights and use of insulting jokes defended by bad logic shows you are a wanker suffering transphobia. Hint, phobia is the suffix you seem to misunderstand.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @10:16PM

          by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @10:16PM (#1212785)

          Parent posters are correct. The mentally ill have always been with us, but researchers have shown that many kids are identifying as trans now because it makes you special. They will outgrow that, just like their parents outgrew their "punk" phase.

    • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @12:11PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @12:11PM (#1212655)

      Ackshually, [being an asshole has] been a thing since forever like homosexuality, only recently has some of society [rejected] this reality [in an attempt to make themselves feel better about being different than 97.8% of the total population].

  • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @06:36AM (2 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @06:36AM (#1212625)

    somehow, I don't see the change from Tango Margarine to Eccentrica Gallumbits as being that significant.
    but what do I know...

    • (Score: 2) by tangomargarine on Friday January 14 2022, @06:41AM (1 child)

      by tangomargarine (667) on Friday January 14 2022, @06:41AM (#1212627)

      At least I actually have a username.

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      "Is that really true?" "I just spent the last hour telling you to think for yourself! Didn't you hear anything I said?"
      • (Score: -1, Troll) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:48AM

        by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:48AM (#1212639)

        Right, Ari!

  • (Score: -1, Spam) by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:57PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday January 14 2022, @07:57PM (#1212749)

    Oh whew, here I was thinking that he must have hippy parents or he legally changed his name or something, because nobody *really* has a name that ridiculous.

    Unfortunately the Wikipedia article makes no mention of how he got this name, or how he's convinced people to call him that. Is this just like an online handle, or what?

    Jews hiding their jewish-ness is nothing new. Wikipedia is controlled by Jews, just like almost all the media, so they are all more than happy to cater to his Crypto-Jew behavior. No mystery here.